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The Nude Bomb (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 9 May 1980 (USA)
Maxwell Smart is recalled to duty to help fight a villian who threatens to detonate a weapon that destroys clothing.

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An unknown terrorist has developed a new type of bomb that will destroy clothing, but leave people unharmed. Agent Maxwell Smart (this time without 99 or Hymie) is taken out of retirement and sent back into the field to track down who this madman is and put a stop to his plans. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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9 May 1980 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Leonard Stern, one of this movie's writers, spoke about Barbara Feldon not appearing in it: "She [Feldon] wasn't desirous of doing the movie. For her, the show was over. 'The Nude Bomb' is something that disadvantaged all of us that were connected with Get Smart (1965). Originally, Arne Sultan, Bill Dana and I had an idea that we found delicious. A couturier, a foppish man with an insane fiendish desire to control the world, not for the power and money but for the idea that he could dress every single individual and become an international name. The Earth would be designed by him. It seemed marvelous if we could get the right flamboyant actor. It was never called 'The Nude Bomb', it was called 'The Return of Maxwell Smart'. Then it got into the hands of people who simply did not want, and I can't explain why, to duplicate the television show. They wanted to do it differently. I kept saying to them, 'Well, why did you buy it? Just leave it alone to rest in its present glory'. It then became a battle of trying to maintain the integrity of 'Smart' but not being welcome on the set. The director [Clive Donner], who was a good director . . . was used to doing intimate films [and] was a strange choice. As was Vittorio Gassman as the flamboyant, possibly homosexual designer." See more »

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During the sequence where Agent 86 and The Chief visit Carruthers at the apartment, the viewer can see in some shots that Don Adams is wearing a hearing aid in his left ear. See more »

Quotes

Maxwell Smart: That girl worries me a lot, Chief. Whatever happened to the regulations regarding female agents? They're supposed to be unmarried, without dependence and willing to fool around a lot.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are based on Don Adams/Maxwell Smart's catch phrase "Would you believe...?" The words literally form the backdrop of the action; at one point "Would you believe a movie called 'The Nude Bomb' could receive a PG rating?" appears; and after Max inadvertently blows up the bad guy, the words "Would you believe a helluva explosion?" appear on screen. See more »

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References The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

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You're Always There
Sung by Merry Clayton
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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9 August 1999 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

Like the Austin Powers movies, "Get Smart" is a spoof of spy movies like the James Bond series, and "The Nude Bomb", made at the height of the Cold War, in the early 1980s, concerns Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, the guy with the shoe phone, pursuing the madman who has developed a bomb that, if exploded, would render everyone without clothes. This is an underrated movie and works well even with the absence of the original supporting cast from the 1960s television series. Almost, but not quite as funny as "The Naked Gun". 8/10


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